B.C.'s newest ferry is expected to dock in the province today.
The Salish Orca was spotted in B.C. waters this morning, after a 50-day voyage from the Gdansk, Poland, shipyard where it was built.
It is the first natural-gas-powered vessel in the B.C. Ferries fleet.
The vessel features a traditional native paint scheme that was designed by Darlene Gait of the Esquimalt Nation in a design contest. It depicts a pod of killer whales.
The ferry will serve the Comox-Powell River route beginning this spring.
Two more vessels, the Salish Eagle and Salish Raven, are coming later this year as part of a $165-million contract awarded in 2014.
The ferries each measure 105 metres in length and can carry 145 vehicles plus 600 passengers.
– with files from CTV Vancouver Island